Award-winning clinical psychologist and TV personality Dr. Judy Ho helps you stop the cycle of self-sabotage, clear a path to lasting happiness, and start living your best life in this a must-have guide perfect for fans of You Are a Badass, Unf*ck Yourself, and How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t.
Have you ever had a deadline for a big work project, only to find yourself down to the wire because you spent too much time on social media? Or gotten excited about meeting someone new, only to convince yourself he isn’t really interested? How many Januarys have you resolved that this is the year you’re finally going to lose the weight, only to abandon your diet in just a few weeks? If these scenarios sound familiar, you are stuck in a cycle of self-sabotage.
At one point or another, we’ve all done something that undermines our best interests and intentions. Even the most successful people get in their own way—often without realizing it. In Stop Self-Sabotage, licensed clinical psychologist, tenured professor, and television personality Dr. Judy Ho takes a fresh look at self-sabotage to help us answer two vital questions: Why do we do it? How do we stop?
Combining therapeutically proven strategies with practical tools and self-assessments, Dr. Judy teaches you how to identify your triggers, modify your thoughts and behaviors, find your true motivation, and unlock your willpower to stop this vicious cycle in its tracks. Practical and transformative, Stop Self-Sabotage is your ultimate guide to jumpstart lasting, positive change and start living the life you want.
In this motivational debut manual for self-improvement, clinical psychologist Ho challenges readers to break the mental and emotional patterns that result in self-sabotaging behavior. Pessimistic thought patterns, or "self-sabotage triggers," are rooted in biology, Ho explains, and have evolved to promote survival by helping humans identify danger and avoid threats. But in the modern era, these negative thoughts have become mental blocks that prevent personal growth by instilling fear of any discomfort or pain, resulting in behavior that is overly cautious, paranoid, or self-depreciating. In addition to instructions to help readers identify and counter those bleak thoughts and their resulting behaviors, Ho offers visualization techniques and exercises to help readers quit over-snacking, procrastinating, or avoiding difficult personal relationships, among other self-destructive behaviors. Ho cites numerous case studies gleaned from her clients to humanize the concepts, making complex cognitive functions relatable to the average reader. She also ends each chapter with activities to help readers implement her advice, such as breathing exercises and creating lists of goals. Ho's motivating, empowering work will provide support and guidance to readers looking to overcome self-destructive habits.